The Waitress & The Robber is an exciting cross-cultural collaboration between Concrete Temple Theatre, NYC and Playfactory Mabangzen, Seoul, performed in English and Korean.
The Waitress, fed up with watching her older customers be mistreated by their children, kidnaps these seniors so she can care for them. Meanwhile, the Second Son, accused by his brother of being a thief, becomes a robber who “liberates” people from their cellular devices.
Set in a dystopian society, this comic-book-style mash-up was inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s play The Robbers and the Korean novel The Story of Hong Gildong, both Robin Hood-style stories of individuals betrayed by their families. With nods to Weill and Brecht, the characters sing and dance as they fight for what they believe, challenging the time-worn concepts of family and perceptions of ownership and justice.
The Waitress and The Robber digs into technological isolation and aging with lighthearted humor, ultimately giving voice to people who are sometimes erased from society.